Paws on the Bluff Successful

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Thanks to the Duquesne community and those who graciously supported and donated to Paws on the Bluff, we were able to make a very large donation to Animal Friends. Below is a comprehensive list of everything included in our donation:

  • 254 lbs. of dog food
  • 105 lbs. of cat food
  • 63 bags/boxes of dog treats
  • 7 bags of cat treats
  • Dozens of toys, collars, and leashes
  • $500 in financial donations

Seth Beckman, Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music and Animal Friends Board Member, co-chaired the Paws on the Bluff event alongside former Student Government Association President, James Daher. Along with other Duquesne faculty, staff, and students, Paws on the Bluff ran from September 23–30, providing various drop-off locations around campus, events, and online donation opportunities for those who wished to support.

Beckman offered some final thoughts on this year's drive, saying, "We are so grateful for the support of everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause. Your contributions not only help animals, but also their families, providing much-needed support to people who may not be able to care for both their animals and themselves. That is a true embodiment of the Duquesne mission of community engagement and helping others."

Special thanks to the Paws on the Bluff Planning Committee for their hard work to make this a successful endeavor:

  • Dr. Seth Beckman
    Dean, Mary Pappert School of Music
  • Dr. Anne Burrows
    President, Faculty Senate
  • Robin Connors
    Student Organizations Coordinator, School of Law
  • Marin Cypher
    President, Animal Law Society
  • James Daher
    Past President, Student Government Association
  • Rodney Dobish
    Assistant Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer
  • Natalie Gilbert
    President, Phi Kappa Phi
  • Steve Groves
    Manager of Musical Events, Mary Pappert School of Music
  • David Jakielo
    Assistant Director, Annual Giving
  • Rose Ravasio
    Media Relations Manager, Office of Marketing and Communications


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